Japan Folklore Beautiful Story of The Princess of The Bowl

Author: Sabrina Sakura
Pages: 21
Language: English
Publication date: 01/09/2015
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Japan Folklore Beautiful Story of The Princess of The Bowl
Long, long ago, in old Japan, there lived near Katano, in the Kawachi Province, a prince named
Bitchu-no-Kami Minetaka or Lord Minetaka, as we should say in English. He was not only a very
wealthy man, but it was reported that his house was full of rare and wonderful treasures. He was
also a learned man and the master of many accomplishments. His life was passed in the luxurious
leisure of the rich, and he knew nothing of care or want—perhaps he hardly realized what such
words meant.

But above all the treasures in his storehouse, beyond the wealth of his revenue which came
pouring in year by year in bushels of rice, he prized his only child, his daughter. The prince and
his wife brought this daughter up with great love and tenderness as if she were some rare flower
or fragile butterfly. So beautiful indeed was the young girl that in looking at her their friends and
relations wondered whether the Sun Goddess Amaterasu had not come to earth again in the
form of the little Princess.

Nothing came to mar the happiness of this united little family till the daughter was fifteen years
of age. Then suddenly the mother, who had never known a day's illness in her whole life, was
taken ill. At first it seemed to be but a slight cold, but her health, instead of getting better, only
grew worse and worse. She felt that she would never recover and that her end was very near, so
she called her daughter beside her pillow, and, taking a large lacquer bowl from the bedside, she
placed it on her daughter's head, saying: 'My poor little child, I want you always to wear this
bowl. At your innocent age you can understand nothing of the world in which I must leave you
motherless. I pity you with all my heart; ah! if you were at least seventeen or eighteen years old
I could die with more peace of mind. I am indeed loath to go, leaving you behind so young. Try
to be a good daughter and never forget your mother.'

The woman's tears fell fast as she spoke, and her voice was broken with sobs while she stroked
her little girl's hand. But things are not as one wishes in this life. All the doctor's skill could not
save the mother; she died and left her daughter behind motherless in the world.
Words cannot tell the grief of the bereaved father and child, it was so great. At last, after some
time had passed and the ordinary routine of life in Prince Minetaka's household was resumed,
the father noticed the bowl which his daughter wore on her head and which fell so low as
completely to hide her face; and calling her to him tried to take off the unsightly head gear. But
his efforts were in vain.

All the retainers and then the servants were summoned to see what they
could do, but no one could remove the bowl; it stuck fast to the child's head. No one could
understand the mystery. The bowl had been put on most simply; why could it not be as easily
taken off? This was the question which the whole household asked again and again.
And the young Princess, besides sorrowing for the loss of her mother, was greatly troubled at the
knowledge that, though born physically perfect, she was now quite disfigured for life in having to
wear the ugly bowl which her mother for some unknown reason had placed on her head. If no one

succeeded in taking the bowl off, she might have to wear it her whole life. That would indeed be
a terrible affliction. But in spite of all she never forgot her mother even for a moment, but carried
in her heart the memory of her love and care through every hour of the livelong day. Every
morning, as soon as she rose from her bed on the mats, she placed the little cup of tea and the
bowl of rice before the tablet bearing her mother's name in the household shrine, and having set
the incense burning she would kneel and pray for the happiness of her mother's soul.
El vendedor asume toda la responsabilidad de esta entrada.
Sabrina Sakura is young author, who like adventure, training east asia martial arts and study asia culture.

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